Many seniors in Calgary rely on Calgary Transit for their daily transportation. There’s no need to worry about driving in bad weather, the transit drivers are patient and helpful, and it’s a great way to save money!
Starting in July 2013, seniors can apply for a reduced rate seniors’ pass for $15 per year (proof of income required). The regular seniors transit pass will go from $55.00 per year to $95.00 per year. Here is a graphic representation of the differences between fares.
Recent budget decisions expanded the low-income transit pass to include 28,000 more people, and about 6,000 more seniors were made eligible for the $15/year pass. City Council also decided that all remaining Calgarians living below the poverty line will be eligible for the low income transit pass by 2014.
This Council decision, which I strongly support, was a step forward in addressing the challenges of Calgarians living in low-income households. This decision will invest an additional $2 million to expand the eligibility for Low Income Transit Passes, and will impact many people living in poverty. Although it doesn’t address all concerns, I am hopeful that this is only one step towards even greater transportation mobility for all Calgarians moving forward.
Information on seniors’ passes and the reduced seniors’ pass is available online.
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